YA Fiction - Girl thinks it's 19th century, searching for medicine

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YA Fiction - Girl thinks it's 19th century, searching for medicine

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1bassoonalex
Edited: Aug 17, 2010, 11:47am

I think this book was published in the 1990s, if I remember correctly. It's about a girl whose family lives in a Williamsburg-like commune, but the children really think it's the 1800s. Since they haven't been vaccinated, they all end up sick (with smallpox or some similarly mostly eradicated disease) and this girl escapes into the real world to find someone to help them based on her mother's memory of the real world.

You then go on to learn that the person she calls for help is dead, and some guy is essentially robbing her. She finally calls a press conference and collapses on stage from fever.

2Kira
Edited: Aug 17, 2010, 11:59am

Running Out of Time, I love that book!

(Also, it was the first time I had ever heard of Diphtheria - the sickness they hadn't been vaccinated against)

3bassoonalex
Aug 17, 2010, 12:03pm

thanks so much!!!